This spring, Nebraska has seen what has been described as the most widespread disaster in the state's history. The pictures shared on social media throughout March tell the story: widespread flooding for communities along the Niobrara, Missouri, Platte, Elkhorn and other rivers in Nebraska. At its peak, more than 75% of Nebraska counties declared an emergency because of flooding.
As the waters receded, communities, businesses, and farmers and ranchers began to get a grasp on the extent of the damage — more than $400 million to the cattle sector, more than $440 million to the crop sector and more than $85 million in damage to private homes and businesses.
However, farmers and ranchers have shown that they are resilient, and they look out for each other — no matter how far away. This spring, producers from across the U.S. stepped up to help their fellow farmers and ranchers, donating hay, fencing supplies, medicine and other supplies to those affected by flooding. These donations have come from as far away as Ohio, New York, Idaho and Texas.
But it isn't just producers who have shown their support. We've gathered a few photos to help illustrate how producers, volunteers, Nebraska state troopers, National Guardsmen and others have chipped in to provide relief for farmers and ranchers affected by the flooding.